Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Joyful Springter Light

The past few days the weather here has been finicky, and persnickety... sunny and nice one minute, and a cold wind blowing with snow/ice pellets the next.  Yet, I've learned that this emotional weather ... springter if you will (a coined phrase I love for the converging of the two seasons together)....  is really one of joyful light and beauty.


Yesterday we took a late afternoon drive.  Now that the time has changed, there is time to enjoy a bit more daylight, and we took advantage of it!


Being sick and cooped up in the house for several days, we both were ready to get out of the house for a bit.


The last few days the weather has been hormonal, emotional, ragged and raw... any word combo you can think of to describe unsettled! Today was no different...


But I love every minute of it!  The skies are so full of emotion as the clouds clamor over the mountains...


Shades of blue twisting and rolling across the horizon...


Darkening...


... and lightening!  You can see the eagles taking advantage of the swirling cloud formations as they drifted in the air above us.


Too far away for a good picture... but their calls still echo in my mind, high and shrill, piercing...


Darkness was slowly creeping around the corners, and shadows were deepening.


We drove down a road we hadn't been on in several years and found this sparkling little mountain lake.


It was flooded now with springtime run-off.


There was a cozy little campground here around the lake, perfect for a summer's evening.  Tonight, it was rather chilly with the wind blowing and temps hovering in the 30s.


Snow still lingered here too.


With all our snow being gone for the past month or so at our place, it felt strange to be driving in the white stuff again... just a few miles from our house!  But that is just how the mountains are.


If you want some exciting driving, it's free for the taking on these mountain roads... we had to maneuver around downed trees, snow, ice, and two huge mud bogs that I prayed through as we crossed, both coming and going! I was glad to get back on the solid ground again!


The skies held an incredible display for us as we drove.  My husband is a patient man, learning when to stop at just the right place for the perfect view {smiles}....


The richness of the scene before us was joyous.... after being sick and indoors for several days... to get out and witness this feast for the eyes... a blessing indeed!


My husband left today to tend to business, and my heart is always heavy when he has to leave.


We enjoy every precious moment together that we have... and as the skies showcased their grandeur, our hearts breathed in the glorious joy of the moment.


The night comes, as it always does... stealing the warm glow of the sun from the skies, and covering the world in shadows...


But the sun spreads its radiance with glowing splendor, promising...


... another beautiful tomorrow.


The winter's snow last vestiges hold on in the mountains... but the glowing sunshine promises with gentle beams of warmth...


Spring is coming!  The days are getting longer... and there is hope in every sunset, a promise in every sunrise, and joy... beautiful joy in the springter light.




53 comments:

  1. What a drive! Those views are wonderful. I would suggest my family take a drive often. ;)

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    1. We have so many backroad views here, sometimes it is hard to decide which one to take. It is a favorite family thing for us to do, for sure! :) Appreciate your visit Wendi, and trust that your family is having a great week!

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  2. As always your photos are so beautiful.
    I hope you are feeling better these days, and your family too. Soon the cold bugs and emotional weather will pass....blue skies coming along...

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    1. We are feeling so much better, thanks for asking! I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures... there is just something about sunsets that just sets my heart aglow :)

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  3. You two are so much like us. We love to go for drives, too, and take in the beauty of creation. Today we took the back road past the farms and ranches. WE saw so many baby calves. I love this time of year. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. You need to take a drive up on here {smiles}... the possibilities are endless, the joy limitless. Yes, I know you do live in a gorgeous area too. I would like to visit there someday too! It is so wonderful to drive together and just enjoy the beauty of the Lord, isn't it! Blessings and hugs to you too Nancy!

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  4. Glad to hear you are feeling better! I wonder why it is so easy to take our blessings like health for granted....Your sky pictures were very enjoyable.

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    1. Yes, we are very glad to be past this bug, whatever it was! I never want to take my health for granted, or any of the blessings of the Lord, but it can be easy to, for sure. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures... I never cease to be amazed at the Lord and the beauty of His creation! Hope you are staying well Ronda, and that the Lord blesses you in all you do! :)

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  5. I am behind on my blog visits and I do apologize. I am sorry you and your hubby have been ill. I'm glad you were finally able to get out and go for a drive. I love finding hidden gems while out exploring. My son, who is a police officer, volunteered to be the person that patrolled the forest back roads in Latah County and also crossed over into Boundary County this past Summer. He found such beautiful places and met some wonderful people and introduced me to some of them on his days off. :) It just filled my soul to be able to be out there with him, my DIL and my grandchildren and do some hiking, huckleberry picking and enjoying the beauty all around us. :) Praying that you and your hubby totally kick this crud soon.

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    1. Wow, your son must be a busy man, because Latah County and Boundary County are pretty far apart! Indeed, there are so many places to see up here in this country, it is almost mind boggling! We love taking the back country road little trips, always something new to see. We love hiking and picking huckleberries too, they are sooo yummy! Thanks for your well wishes, we are definitely doing much better! Hope your family stays well, and that nasty bug doesn't come to visit! Have a blessed day friend :)

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  6. I am behind on my blog visits and I do apologize. I am sorry you and your hubby have been ill. I'm glad you were finally able to get out and go for a drive. I love finding hidden gems while out exploring. My son, who is a police officer, volunteered to be the person that patrolled the forest back roads in Latah County and also crossed over into Boundary County this past Summer. He found such beautiful places and met some wonderful people and introduced me to some of them on his days off. :) It just filled my soul to be able to be out there with him, my DIL and my grandchildren and do some hiking, huckleberry picking and enjoying the beauty all around us. :) Praying that you and your hubby totally kick this crud soon.

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    1. Thank you Teresa... we are doing much better, and taking a drive to see the beauty around us always makes us feel great too! Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)

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  8. Yes spring is coming slowly in the mountains ... But yet winter's beauty lingers as a reminder of what was. Beautiful pictures... Beautiful words.

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    1. Springter is a strange season isn't it, but I appreciate the beauty of it... being thankful for what each day brings is a joy :) Hope you have a blessed day today!

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  9. What beautiful photos, particularly the eagles. It's a long time since I have seen them, and that was in the French mountains.

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    1. The eagles are common around here, with all the rivers, but yet, I never take them for granted when I see them, they are such magnificent creatures! Have a blessed day Elizabeth, appreciate your visit, and hope you have a wonderful St. Patty's Day :)

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  10. Breathtakingly beautiful photos. Keeping your hubby in prayer for safe travels.

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    1. Thank you Linda, prayers are always appreciated! Hope you are having a beautiful St. Patrick's Day :)

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  11. Beautiful; your weather sounds just like outs and I like your "sprinter".
    Have a fantastic day!
    Noreen

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    1. Springter really fits this season... maybe there should be five seasons instead of 4! LOL! Have a wonderful day my friend :)

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  12. You will always reel me in with those mighty pines! Sorry you've been sick; hope you are fully recuperated by now. We, too, can travel up north just 15 minutes on the interstate and be in the snow during winter. Mountains are like that!!! Have a great day.

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    1. We love it in the mountains, the weather is never predictable, and always incredible! I never, ever tire of it :) Well, maybe in the winter with the difficult driving, I don't really miss that... lol! Appreciate your visit so much, and hope you are having a blessed day :)

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  13. Absolutely amazing photos and words - you are quite the poet! This post left me with such a feeling of joy and peace....thank you for that!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and my thoughts... and indeed there is a deep peace and joy in my heart whenever look at the Lord's beautiful creation! :)

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  14. Oh what I would give to come and drive with you and sit and visit with those views!!!! You are blessed! Love ya friend. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. I would love for you to do that too! We would find some adventure and good times for sure :) Have a blessed day!

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  15. Blue skies are the best tonic, aren't they?

    Springtime's just waiting to emerge victorious YAY!

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    1. We are having the most beautiful weather here too, still cold though! It was 22 degrees here this morning, but the sun comes out and temps get up to the 50s, and all is well :) Have a blessed day!

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  16. Hi MM! I hope you're feeling better now, and that your family is well on their way to health.
    These pictures are so calming, I just love it! Today it was so windy, turbulent and rainy! No peace at all, just the shrill whine of wind passing under our door. This is much nicer!
    Thank you for this pause...
    Ceil

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    1. We are feeling much better! And oh, I do not like the sound of the wind howling either. Where I grew up, it howled constantly. I love where we live now, the wind hardly ever blows :) I'm glad you enjoyed the gentle pause here... it was a lovely drive and I'm only too glad to share :) Have a blessed day!

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  17. As I scroll through your photos I always just ooh and ahh my way through each one. You just capture the beauty of God's beautiful world, especially where you live. It must've been nice to get out of the house, but when you mentioned praying your way through the mud bogs, I thought, that is something that I would do. Enjoy those wonderful times with your hubby...such memories.

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    1. Yes, I've had to pray my way out of some places we get ourselves into, lol! We always have great adventures together though, and that's what I love about living here! I'm glad you enjoyed the beauty of the Lord's creation, that is something I love to share here. Appreciate your visit Kitty, and your dear friendship! Have a wonderful day :)

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  18. Springter it is! I enjoyed our drive today, such lovely views and I always like being near water.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I love being near the water too... and I think springter is a lovely term for this middle season between a real winter, and a real spring, lol! Hugs to you today Amalia!

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  19. Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Carol, and I'm so happy you've visited me today.... I appreciate your kind words, and hope that you have a blessed and wonderful day :)

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  20. Our weather has been fickle, too. Lots of change in a short amount of time. We took a drive to enjoy the views offered up this time of year and it was lovely, especially since I was suffering from a cold, too. Ugh.

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    1. Ugh, those colds, do hope you are better by now! I guess the cold season has got something to do with the changing of the seasons.... Hope you are feeling much better! Blessings and hugs to you my friend :)

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  21. What a great idea to do after suffering from a bad bug. The photos are amazing! Beautiful sky!
    How are you all feeling? We are on then mend. Hope everyone is 100% for Easter.
    Carla

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    1. We do get amazing sky pictures here, the mountains create such drama with the clouds and the weather. We are all feeling so much better.. so glad to be past the cold business! Glad to hear you are all doing better too! Hugs to you today Carla :)

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  22. Forgive me, my friend, I was thinking, and was persuaded, as well, that you weren't blogging now, for I didn't receive any feed from you for so long - as soon as I knew you I did copy-and-paste of the URL of your blog, but I have 'lost' you, you're not amongst the blogs I follow anymore, I wonder why, heaven !
    I have to add you again, in the hope not to lose you once more !

    Sending blessings of joy to you,
    with love I do apologize

    Dany

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    1. These computer glitches are troublesome for sure... but I'm glad we're "back together" again! I always enjoy your beautiful historical posts, always so much to learn and glean from as we look back through the pages of time. Happy to have you here again dear Dany, and hope your day is filled with beautiful things :)

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  23. LOVE your beautiful photos, as always! So very thankful you are feeling better and were able to get out and enjoy the beauty! Sending you much love and many blessings across the miles!

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    1. It was a wonderful thing to do, to get out and enjoy the beauty of the world around us after being cooped up! Appreciate you dear friend, and praying the Lord is blessing your day!

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  24. Your gorgeous pictures capture springs light starting. Our snow is gone but it is cold, windy and wet.

    Donna@Gardens Eye View
    and LivingFromHappiness

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    1. Thank you Donna, it is so nice to have such beautiful days for sure! We are getting a bit of snow here today, but it won't last... ground is too warm, yay! Appreciate your visit, and so happy to have met you! :)

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  25. Hello, Happy Spring. I like the name Springter, that is the weather we are having. I enjoyed the drive and lovely scenery! Seeing and hearing the eagles are always a treat to me. Lovely images and post. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. I think springter is a perfect name for that in-between season when it is neither spring, nor winter... we especially have that "season" here in the northwest, lol! I always love to see the eagles as they soar and fly, they are such magnificent creature to behold. Thank you so much for your visit, and I pray you have a blessed Easter!

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  26. Your landscapes/skyscapes are all just stunning!!!

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    1. Thank you Mary, I appreciate your kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures! Have a blessed Easter!

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  27. Great views, great skies. Your collage is stunning!

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    1. Thank you Riitta! I appreciate your kind words, and lovely visit! Have a blessed Easter!

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